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Card Market Simmers as Manziel Sees First Action

Long before he took his first snap in Saturday night’s pre-season game, Johnny Manziel football cards were everywhere.  Starved for a true marquee quarterback, the card companies have jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon with both feet.  And who can blame them?  If Manziel gets the opportunity to start for the Cleveland Browns and plays reasonably well, sales will soar.  While 2012 draftee Andrew Luck may be far more polished at this point, Manziel brings a flair and excitement to the position that hasn’t been since since Brett Favre was a youngster.

Manziel rookie cardManziel hit cardboard last spring in the annual draft sets.  Once the draft was over, Panini’s Score football arrived and since then, you can find Manziel in every new NFL-licensed product.

Among the most popular issues at the moment are Panini Elite and Prestige and Bowman (the various Chrome refractor parallels carrying Manziel autographs have had collectors ripping a lot of that product).  To collectors, the Bowman brand apparently trumps the lack of a pro uniform with sales of Manziel signed cards in low print runs selling for four-figure prices including X-fractor rookie autographs numbered to ten that have been bringing $1500-1600 and even a Bowman Chrome Superfractor which sold for a best offer of somewhere south of $15,000.

While some of the early Manziel rookie cards included the same images taken during his college career, most products 2014 Topps Inception Johnny Manzielissued in the last few weeks have somehow managed to get him in Cleveland colors.  Manziel does appear in a Browns uniform on the artsy Topps Inception product with an autographed card numbered to 50 selling for $227 over the weekend.

He even signed a few cards with the ‘Johnny Football’ moniker before the season began.  There’s an Inception gold ink ‘Nicknames’ autograph card numbered to 10 up for bid now (check out the bidding here).

 Johnny Manziel Topps Inception Gold Ink Nickname Auto RC 01/10 The good thing for shops and those who sell online is that even run of the mill, unsigned Manziel cards are selling for a couple of bucks.

Photographers were busy snapping Manziel’s first game action photos over the weekend and you can bank on some of those shots making their way into packs soon as Topps and Panini look to battle it out for the best looking Manziel rookie cards on an NFL field as the season goes on.

The future is unknown. Plenty of high-profile college quarterbacks have fizzled, even after a strong start.  Other athletes have proven themselves worthy and what once seemed like a risky investment turned out to be as golden as those ‘Johnny Football’ signatures.

Below is a list of the ‘most watched’ Manziel football cards on eBay right now.

Johnny Manziel REAL 1/1 Auto SUPERFRACTOR RC 2014 Topps Finest Rookie Browns
41 bids - Price: $1,525.00 - Watchers: 188
Item # 201173439960
Johnny Manziel / Blake Bortles 2014 TOPPS FINEST DUAL PW JERSEY AUTOGRAPH #03/10
11 bids - Price: $93.00 - Watchers: 32
Item # 400775112872
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 Topps Football PLATINUM PARALLEL Refractor RC TRUE 1/1
17 bids - Price: $118.50 - Watchers: 27
Item # 131295258915
2014 topps finest rookie auto johnny manziel 17/25 browns single
3 bids - Price: $105.00 - Watchers: 23
Item # 321526690614
2014 Panini Certified JOHNNY MANZIEL RC Freshman Fabric 2CLR PATCH AUTO 105/199
9 bids - Price: $125.99 - Watchers: 19
Item # 121437003154
2014 Finest Johnny Manziel Gold Refractor RPA Patch Auto RC 30/50!! SSP Browns!!
14 bids - Price: $100.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 321526807468
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS FINEST ATOMIC ROOKIE DIE-CUT AUTOGRAPH 2/25
10 bids - Price: $60.00 - Watchers: 17
Item # 171465159851
Johnny Manziel #1 2014 Panini NSCC National Promo Signed Auto RARE! / 5 Made
29 bids - Price: $76.59 - Watchers: 16
Item # 131295238041
Johnny Manziel Auto, Silver Signings RC, #27/50, 2014 Topps Inception
17 bids - Price: $89.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 181526028666
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 Panini NATIONAL NSCC ROOKIE RC LAVA FLOW THICK TRUE # 1/1
10 bids - Price: $10.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 141406448501
2014 Bowman Chrome Football Refractor Autograph Johnny Manziel
12 bids - Price: $48.99 - Watchers: 13
Item # 291242275297
2014 Upper Deck JOHNNY MANZIEL Photo Variation Rookie Rc PSA 10 GEM POP 1
8 bids - Price: $30.66 - Watchers: 13
Item # 161421732721
2014 PANINI NATIONAL VIP JOHNNY MANZIEL PATCH RC ROOKIE SUPERFRACTOR TRUE 1/1 !
7 bids - Price: $109.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 131295085913
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 BOWMAN SILVER CRACKED ICE SP RC FOOTBALL ROOKIE -RARE BROWNS
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 13
Item # 141408747353
JOHNNY MANZIEL BGS 10 2014 BOWMAN CHROME ORANGE REFRACTOR /50 AUTO RC REF 9.5 SP
27 bids - Price: $125.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 151414480233
2014 Score Hot Rookies Blue Johnny Manziel RC AUTO 75/75 PSA 10 GEM MINT POP 1
17 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 371141443630
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